12 November 2012

South Africa: IEC Should Stop Using SADTU and Employ Youth!

press release

The IFP Youth Brigade has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to stop using SADTU members as officials during elections.

IFPYB National Chairperson, and South Africa's youngest Member of Parliament, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, was speaking in Port Shepstone during the Ugu district conference.

Hlengwa said "Last week Sunday SADTU in the province of KwaZulu Natal staged a march in Pietermaritzburg wherein they attacked the IFP and other opposition parties. The battle lines have been drawn; SADTU is an affiliate of Cosatu which is in bed with the ruling party. Now for SADTU to go all out and attack the IFP and other opposition parties is a goats-behind indication that during elections we are already on the back foot because the IEC is highly dependent on teachers, most of whom are SADTU, to manage elections."

"The credibility, freeness and fairness of elections is heavily dependent on the process itself, and a SADTU saturated process is far from fair. We call upon the IEC to stop using SADTU members as officials during elections." said Hlengwa.

The high levels of unemployment, particularly among the youth, are a clear indication that job opportunities must be spread out with a bias to youth. "There are millions of young South Africans who need jobs, and IEC should contribute to job creation by employing the unemployed youth who unlike SADTU harbour no explicit agenda against opposition parties." said Hlengwa.

In conclusion Hlengwa said, "This issue is not a party-political issue but rather it is a democratic fundamental and imperative. The IEC needs to safeguard its due processes against doubt and mistrust. SADTU cannot have its cake and eat it. They have made their choice. SADTU is known ANC and therefore they cannot under any circumstances oversee elections because they have a direct interest in the outcome. Referees cannot be players."

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